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What’s New in Old Town? Walkable Luxury Apartments

Sophisticated and elegant, to be sure; contemporary, modern and luxurious, absolutely; quieting quality concrete construction and unobstructed rooftop views of iconic regional landmarks, yes, yes, yes.

But what the managers of The Dalton want you to know most about the new 270 unit apartment building at 1225 First Street in Old Town Alexandria is a characteristic not usually associated with Old Town — walkability.

It starts with transportation options. The Dalton, which opened earlier this year, is so close to the Braddock Road Metro station, it might as well be a private entrance to the train. In fact, there’s a transit screen in the lobby to tell you when your next train is arriving. The Dalton’s sidewalk quite literally terminates at the Metro station.

“But what else can you walk to besides Metro?” we ask Kettler Property Manager Kara Swieconek. Her reply: “It all depends on what direction you are going.”

And it’s true: Go one way and you find the restaurants, bars and nightlife of Old Town West, just blocks away; the shopping boutiques and entertainment establishments of the King Street-Washington Street nexus are just beyond.

Go in the other direction for less than a mile and you are in Potomac Yard, home of your neighborhood Target, Best Buy, Home Goods, Shoppers Market, Regal Potomac Yard Stadium 16 and dozens of other lifestyle-sustaining merchants.

Step out in the direction of the nearby Potomac River and its developing waterfront and catch the water taxi to District Wharf, National Harbor and the MGM Casino, Nationals Park or Georgetown. That transit screen in The Dalton lobby also tells you when the water taxi is arriving and departing.

On the other hand, they’ve made it tempting to never leave The Dalton. There are the rooftop swimming pool, firepit and grills; there’s a 12th floor clubroom and outdoor terrace, a fitness center and yoga studio, meeting spaces and a dog grooming spa; there’s Monterey’s Pizza onsite, as well as the Click Café, with complementary Wi-Fi and Macs at communal tables and lounge seating. Plus, events!

Schedule a tour today at this site. There are a limited number of select apartments that boast, as a move-in special, two months’ rent for free. Visit DaltonApts.com or call 833-769-1878.

Run, don’t walk, to The Dalton.

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference Shows It’s Never Too Late to Start

Women owned 12.3 million businesses, or 40 percent, in 2018 and are starting 1,821 new businesses each day in the U.S. Yet, 98% of all venture funding goes to men.

To successfully launch and scale a company, it is critical for women to have access to the right tools, expertise and resources.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference on Wednesday, November 14 at George Mason University’s Founders Hall, was inspired by the missions of two of its sponsors: Freedom Start Foundation Founder Richard Fink and 30 Second Pitch founder Joseph B. Sprung, who passionately believe venture capital should not just be for the well-connected, but for the hard workers with the best ideas.

Both organizations — along with third partner and host George Mason University School of Business — seek to create an environment of encouragement, support, knowledge and funding opportunities for those looking to take the next steps in their career.

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a 30-Second Pitch for $5,000 in startup funding: the deadline is Monday evening, November 12 at 7 p.m. Three finalists will pitch to a panel of expert judges and the winner will be announced at the conference Wednesday, November 14.

Also at the free, full-day conference, attendees will:

  • Hear the inspiring stories of top women in business who have become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Learn and ask questions about how to make the changes necessary to fulfill your dream business and how to navigate the obstacles involved.
  • Learn about funding opportunities for those looking to take the next steps in their career.

Submit a 30 Second Pitch here and learn more about the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference here.

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The Only Workout You Need is at E60 Fitness

Every fitness genre from barre to boxing claims to provide the best workout for your body.

These claims force people to either commit to one type of exercise or bounce around between gyms and fitness studios trying to fit in every type of workout our body needs.

What if there was one workout structure that covered all aspects of exercise? One training program that incorporates the best from all fitness platforms?

That one workout structure exists, and it’s available in Arlington at E60 Fitness. Their comprehensive 60 minute workout packed with variety is designed to burn-fat, build lean-muscle, enhance conditioning and improve functionality for people of all fitness levels.

E60 Fitness’ Elevate 60 class was designed by athletes and fitness professionals to incorporate the best of all exercise disciplines into a single game-changing workout. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works:

  • The action-packed workout includes several exercise stations, each with varying routines and purposes, all programmed to compliment each other for a well-rounded and comprehensive, total-body workout.
  • In one station you may go through sprint intervals on a spin bike, in another you may perform a series of lower body exercises (i.e: weighted squats and deadlifts), and in another station you might strap on the boxing gloves and unleash your energy on a punching bag.
  • Each station is capped between 5 and 10 minutes so you’ll never be subject to a long distance run or forced to perform excessive volumes of the same exercise. Intensity intervals are used in cardio based stations to pack greater benefit into a short amount of time and increase performance. Majority of the exercises will involve resistance to enable lean-muscle growth and fat-burn long after the class is over.
  • Heart Rate devices are worn throughout class and large monitors within the facility display real-time heart rate and Calorie statistics so you know how you are performing. These stats are also tracked historically, so you can analyze trends and make adjustments to improve your performance over time.
  • Each workout activates the entire body, but specific muscle groups are targeted in the strength training stations. This ensures you have an intentional focus for each day, and a comprehensive breakdown of the body over each week.
  • Each workout is designed to accommodate and challenge all fitness levels. Each participant has the ability to choose their own resistance levels and determines their own speed based on the instructor’s guidance. Each instructor is prepared with modifications for every movement.
  • No two workouts are ever the same. A new high variety workout is programmed daily (within the same overall structure) so your body is constantly challenged, firing up your metabolism, igniting muscular growth and reducing chances of plateau or boredom.
  • Unlike most group fitness platforms this class uses full gym equipment, not just accessories, and you’ll even see some custom built equipment hanging around the large turf area or underneath the monkey bar rig.
  • All instructors are certified fitness professionals prepared to coach, encourage and inspire every participant to achieve greater health.

And if all of that wasn’t enough to convince you to try E60’s top-rated group training program, E60 is offering a full week of classes for free to any newcomer. So grab a friend and claim your free week of classes at E60 Fitness before the New Year rush!

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Virginia Tech MBA Programs Offered in Arlington and Falls Church

Since 1969, Virginia Tech has served local residents, government and industry in the National Capital Region. It now boasts more than 45 graduate degree and certificate programs, as well as many laboratories and research centers, spread across the region from Alexandria to Leesburg.

Among those degree offerings, the Pamplin College of Business offers two different MBA program options that serve working professionals looking to advance their careers without leaving the workforce.

The Evening MBA program option provides students with maximum flexibility while still allowing them to choose their timeline for completion and focus their studies in an area of particular importance to their career.

Classes take place at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, which is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station and convenient to I-495 and I-66.

In 2018, the Evening MBA program was named one of the top 20 part-time MBA programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report for a fourth consecutive year.

The Executive MBA program option offers an accelerated, cohort-based option for mid-career professionals. The cohorts meet bi-monthly for weekend classes at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Ballston.

The curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management in a global environment with an emphasis on business analytics, innovation and globalization.

Graduates of both the Evening and Executive MBA programs create lasting professional connections and join the university’s vast alumni network in the D.C. Metro area to help advance their careers both now and in the future.

To learn more about the Virginia Tech MBA Programs, visit mba.vt.edu or register to attend an upcoming information session.

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Celebrate This Holiday Season with The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City will offer festive holiday activities to celebrate the coziest time of the year with friends, family and loved ones. The hotel greets the upcoming season with spirited brunches, delightful holiday teas and an engaging workshop to create lasting memories. Festivities include:

  • Thanksgiving Day Brunch — Thursday, November 22
  • Holiday Tea — Starting Thursday, November 29
  • Breakfast with Santa — Saturday, December 1
  • Gingerbread House Workshop — Sunday, December 9
  • Christmas Day Brunch — Tuesday, December 25

Enjoy these one-of-a-kind offerings, and more, this holiday season at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City!

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Listing of the Day: 2134 Military Road

Address: 2134 Military Road
Neighborhood: Cherrydale
Listed: $739,000
Open: Sunday, November 4 from 1-4 p.m.

Privacy and space abound in this huge three-level 4 BD/3.5 BA end townhouse in the desirable Cherrydale neighborhood of North Arlington.

Over 2,600 square feet of living space with a well-landscaped and fenced yard (over 6,800 sq. ft.), perfect for entertaining. Open concept kitchen/dining room with extensive island for food prep. Large living room with gleaming hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace and recessed lighting.

Bright master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, loads of closets and balcony for morning coffee. Upper level laundry and a lower level that is ideal for au-pair or in-laws with second living room w/built-ins and fireplace, large bedroom and full bathroom.

Two reserved parking spaces at your front door. Blocks to Cherrydale Library, Safeway, popular neighborhood restaurants and nearby hiking/nature trails. Just over a mile to Virginia Square and Ballston Metros and two lights to D.C.

Listed By:
Liz Lord
Keller Williams Realty
Cell: 571-331-9213
[email protected]
www.arlvahomes.com

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Open Houses at St. Thomas More Cathedral School on November 4th and 7th

St. Thomas More Cathedral School is an authentic Catholic learning community that promotes spiritual, moral and intellectual excellence for students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Prospective families are invited to attend an Open House on Sunday, November 4 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, November 7 at 9 a.m. to meet faculty and explore the school on tours led by student and parent ambassadors. RSVP for this event by clicking here.

St. Thomas More is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School and recently became the first elementary school in the world to launch a CubeSatellite. There is a focus on high-interest projects which encourages students to stretch their knowledge and motivates them to attempt hands-on activities.

Teachers at St. Thomas More differentiate instruction in the classroom by meeting with students in small groups to reach all levels of learners. The curriculum includes The Comprehension Toolkit featuring Daily 5 and CAFE, Writer’s Workshop, Words Their Way and the Everyday Mathematics program.

Kindergarten students experience a robust program with STEM embedded in their day, 3 recesses daily and special performance events throughout the year such as America Sings and Manners Tea. Each grade level selects a service project to help others in our community, with kindergarten supporting HOPE in Northern Virginia, a non-profit organization committed to empowering women facing unplanned pregnancies

Students come to St. Thomas More Cathedral School from Arlington, as well as Alexandria, Fairfax County, the District of Columbia and Maryland. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of our families contribute to the welcoming spirit you will find at Saint Thomas More.

The Diocese of Arlington and the STM School and parish community are committed to making a Catholic education attainable for all who seek it. Families are encouraged to apply for tuition aid if assistance is needed, 30% of families receive a form of financial aid.

Visit our website for information regarding the admissions process, learn about the after school Enrichment Program, extended day care and more. St. Thomas More Cathedral School is conveniently located at 105 N. Thomas Street, in the center of Arlington near the Pentagon, Ballston, Ft. Myer and the National Guard.

To schedule a tour on an alternate day, call 703-528-6781,  extension 242 or email [email protected].

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Listing of the Day: 2203 19th Court N.

Address: 2203 19th Court N.
Neighborhood: Lyon Village
Listed: $1,189,000
Open: Sunday, October 28th from 1-3 p.m.

Must See! This newly built stone and brick townhome located in The Court at Lyon Village features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,066 square feet. Tons of upgrades in this 2012 build including Silestone countertops, upgraded appliances, built-in cabinetry and CAT-6 cabling throughout.

Located just a few blocks from the Courthouse metro, Courthouse Plaza, Saturday Farmers Markets, local restaurants & bakeries, coffee & tea shops, Whole Foods and Trader Joes, this home is also across the street from Mom’s Organic Market.

The home is impeccably maintained and cared for by the original owners. Neighborhood schools include Arlington Science Focus Elementary School, Swanson Middle School and Washington-Lee High School.

Features:

  • High-end, gray silestone countertops
  • Modern kitchen with white cabinetry and gray countertops
  • Master suite with two secondary bedrooms and shared bath on same level
  • Master bath with large soaking tub, shower & dual vanity
  • Walk-in master closet
  • Oversized kitchen island with chef’s prep sink & room for 4 counter stools
  • Spacious breakfast nook that could accommodate seating for 8+ guests
  • Pre-finished hardwood flooring on main level
  • Plentiful closet storage and built-in bookcases and shelving for the at-home organizer
  • Convenient balcony off kitchen for social entertainment
  • Full size laundry room with custom built-ins
  • “New” modern, neutral tile, cabinetry, lighting, plumbing & hardware finishes
  • Two-car garage
  • Covered entryway
  • Large, floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Open concept living

Listed By:
Michelle Lynch
Classic Cottages Realty
Office: 703-256-1401
Direct: 571-366-3324
[email protected]

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Listing of the Day: 6320 Washington Boulevard

Address: 6320 Washington Boulevard
Neighborhood: Highland Park
Listed: $1,565,000
Open: Sunday, October 28th from 1-4 p.m.

Elegant, tranquil single-family home nestled on private lot in Highland Park! Experience pure relaxation with a heated pool and hot tub surrounded by a serene setting that includes lush gardens and a pond.

The main level foyer opens to large living room flooded with natural light opening to a banquet style dining area outlined with triple crown molding. Enjoy cooking in your gourmet kitchen opening to the family room with a cozy fireplace, all while overlooking the serenity of the dense grounds and pool area.

There are four spacious bedrooms upstairs, including 2 possible master suites with vaulted ceilings and spa-inspired bath. Walk-up basement includes 2 bedrooms, full bath, kitchen and a large recreation area. Over 6,000 square feet of elegant living space.

Amazing Highland Park location. Walking distance to Metro. Minutes from shopping, entertainment and schools. Convenient to 66, 29 & Glebe Road.

Listed by:
Robbie Zebhideh
Redfin
703-389-3046
[email protected]
6320Washington.com

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Virginia Tech Helps Working Professionals Advance Their Careers in Tech

No matter what industry you work in, technology is constantly changing. Companies are searching for candidates with new skill sets and experience with emerging technologies.

At Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station, an administrative team manages more than 600 online graduate students looking to develop new skills and fill gaps on their resume.

Virginia Tech developed its #2 nationally-ranked Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT) in 1999 in response to a request by the Commonwealth of Virginia to help meet the growing demand for employees in the information technology field.

Since then, the 100% online program has kept pace with changes in technology, in both course delivery and course options.

Working professionals from across the country are taking the online courses at their own pace and designing a degree that works for their individual goals, whether they are a seasoned IT professional or looking to shift into a tech career.

VT-MIT currently offers 11 areas of specialization, including Analytics and Business Intelligence, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology and Software Development.

The program also offers six Graduate Certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.

VT-MIT plans to continue adding new courses and Graduate Certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

In 2010, Virginia Tech launched the Hume Center to lead the university’s research and experiential learning programs in national security. The center now has a research facility in Ballston.

Just this past summer, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Virginia Tech will lead its $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology Program, visit www.vtmit.vt.edu or sign up for an upcoming information session.

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More Than a Job: Millennials See Work as a Way to Do Good

Young people are idealistic: That’s as true today as it was 50 years ago.

But there’s one sentiment that sets millennials apart from earlier generations — from the silent generation, the baby boomers and Generation X. They are also eminently practical. Call them “realistic idealists,” if you will, or “idealistic realists.” Either term applies.

Take their attitudes toward work. Many young baby boomers were skeptical that businesses had the inclination to make the world a better place. But today’s young people feel differently — they expect to give back through their jobs, too.

According to the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey, “Many millennials feel unable to exert any meaningful influence on some of society’s biggest challenges; but in the workforce, they can feel a greater sense of control — [as] an active participant rather than a bystander.”

Businesses are responding to these attitudes — both to attract young workers and to make a difference themselves.

“Leading companies aren’t just redirecting profits by giving back to society through more traditional ‘corporate social responsibility’ tactics,” said Robert Haynie, an instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. “They are figuring out how to address social and environmental issues while simultaneously advancing their business interests.”

And this mentality isn’t just limited to the business world. Before venturing into the professional world, millennials are seeking a practical way to integrate this desire to do good within their careers — without their success taking a backseat.

At Georgetown, coursework is designed to serve students who want to make money and make an impact. This approach is driven by the School’s Jesuit values, which emphasize community, social justice and service to others.

Whether you’re a millennial or a business that hires them, the landscape is changing. It’s more important now than ever that the work we do has a purpose and serves the greater good.

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How to Negotiate Off List Price Home Buying Tips and Class

The longer a house sits on the market, the more opportunity you’ll have to negotiate the price down. The D.C. Metro area is currently what we call a “seller’s market,” meaning that homes generally sell quickly here. What this means for you is that any home that’s been listed for even 15 to 30 days begins to tip the price advantage in your direction; you could negotiate 3-4% off the home price.

Other factors that affect the particulars of negotiating off list price include:

  • The house’s location and neighborhood demand
  • The type and age of home
  • How long the home has been listed
  • How anxious or motivated the home seller is

To learn more about home buying and meet top realtors, attend The Keri Shull and Orange Line Living Team’s free First-Time Home Buying Seminar.

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • The 8 stages of purchasing a home, and what to expect at each stage
  • How to qualify for the house you want
  • How to get out of your lease — you’re not stuck there!
  • The “4 C’s” affecting home price
  • How to negotiate a lower price for the home you want
  • How to avoid double-paying rent and a mortgage

Every attendee of our First-Time Homebuyers Class gets $1,500 toward their new home.

When: Monday, October 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: 1600 Wilson Blvd. #101
Parking: Free parking, walkable to and from Metro
Cost: Free

We do have limited space, so register now at http://www.buyingseminar.house and follow the Keri Shull Team on Twitter.

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Listing of the Day: 3305 N. Albemarle Street

Address: 3305 N. Albemarle Street
Neighborhood: Country Club Hills
Listed: $1,849,000
Open: Sunday, Sept. 30 from 2-4 p.m.

This beautiful, luxury custom Craftsman home is ready for you to move in. See more photos and video at 3305NAlbemarleSt.com.

The first floor features a spectacular open floor plan with soaring 10-foot ceilings. The striking chef’s kitchen offers top quality appliances, custom cabinets and built-in wine cooler. A family room with fireplace and coffered ceilings, built-in cabinets and shelves and floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides overlook the professionally landscaped backyard.

Upstairs is a luxurious main master bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings, immense closet with custom built-ins and spa bath. A second master bedroom suite with designer bath plus two additional bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bath complete this level.

The lower level features a rec room with built-ins, exercise/game room, additional laundry room with loads of storage, full bath, mudroom and garage.

A private flagstone patio with gas fireplace and island with built-in gas grill is perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Additional Features:

  • 5,184 square-foot custom home
  • 4 BR; 4 full & 2 half BA
  • 1/4-acre+ lot
  • Gourmet kitchen with large center island and second sink, custom Cherry cabinets with decorative glass, built-in wine cooler and top-of-the-line appliances
  • 3 fireplaces
  • In-ceiling speakers on all levels
  • Alarm system
  • 2-zone HVAC
  • Quiet street

Listed by:
Meg Ross
Keller Williams Realty
703-447-0970
[email protected]
www.MegRoss.com
@meg_ross_arlingtonvaagent

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Virginia Tech Helps Working Professionals Advance Their Careers in Tech

No matter what industry you work in, technology is constantly changing. Companies are searching for candidates with new skillsets and experience with emerging technologies.

At Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center, adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station, an administrative team manages more than 600 online graduate students looking to develop new skills and fill gaps on their resume.

Virginia Tech developed its #2 nationally-ranked Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT) in 1999 in response to a request by the Commonwealth of Virginia to help meet the growing demand for employees in the information technology field.

Since then, the 100% online program has kept pace with changes in technology, in both course delivery and course options.

Working professionals from across the country are taking the online courses at their own pace and designing a degree that works for their individual goals, whether they are a seasoned IT professional or looking to shift into a tech career.

VT-MIT currently offers 11 areas of specialization, including Analytics and Business Intelligence, Big Data, Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology and Software Development.

The program also offers six Graduate Certificate options for professionals that are not looking to pursue a full degree.

VT-MIT plans to continue adding new courses and Graduate Certificates that keep up with current trends in tech, particularly as the wider university takes on a central role in the cybersecurity ecosystem.

In 2010, Virginia Tech launched the Hume Center to lead the university’s research and experiential learning programs in national security. The center now has a research facility in Ballston.

Just this past summer, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced that Virginia Tech will lead its $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s 100% online Master of Information Technology Program, visit www.vtmit.vt.edu or sign up for an upcoming information session.

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Here’s What Professionals Can Do to Keep up with the Changing Job Market

There used to be a widely accepted formula for career success: earn a college degree, land a job and work your way up.

That’s still good advice, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. And that’s because today’s professionals, college-educated or not, are encountering a new age of job disruption that is perhaps more radical than anything before.

So what does this mean for today’s professionals?

In a world where competencies are becoming obsolete, adaptability helps you stay competitive. That means being able to regularly respond to and anticipate change by building upon existing knowledge, as well as expanding it to new areas.

“Education isn’t something that stops,” said Dr. Annie Green, a faculty member for the Artificial Intelligence Management Certificate at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. “It continues. Just like the continuous improvement of an organization, it’s the continuous improvement of a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities.”

More and more professionals today are adopting this “continuous learning” mentality. A smaller commitment, certificate programs offer an accelerated way for professionals to stay relevant. And the higher education world is responding to these shifting demands by making certificates more accessible. Today’s certificates are as varied as the needs of the professionals who earn them.

Take Moe Tun, an engineer who earned a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy. Cybersecurity impacts many aspects of Tun’s job, so he assembled the information he learned into a framework, similar to those his team members use to process complex technical information outside their areas of expertise. Earning a certificate in a new subject helped him adapt to evolving technologies.

No matter the industry, motivation, or career level, one thing is clear: maintaining the status quo doesn’t cut it anymore. Today’s professionals must adapt, embrace uncharted territory, and create new ways forward — wherever they may lead.

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